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December 5, 2018 10:39 am

Turkish FM: Trump Told Erdogan He Doesn’t Want Issues in Sales of F-35 Jets

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US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gesture as they talk at the start of a NATO summit, July 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque.

US President Donald Trump told Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he didn’t want any problems with the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters following NATO meetings in Brussels, Cavusoglu said that Turkey saw no issues in procuring the Lockheed Martin jets despite efforts in the US Congress to block the sale. Trump made the comment to Erdogan during talks at a recent G20 summit, Cavusoglu said.

The US Senate has demanded a block on the sales of the jets to Turkey unless Trump certifies that Turkey is not threatening NATO, purchasing defense equipment from Russia or detaining US citizens.

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